A literati roundup: a ?Lost Interview? With Michel Foucault…Opening Lines of 25 Famous Novels Dissected…




Opening Lines of 25 Famous Novels Dissected to Make an Awesome Poster

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Remember sentence diagramming? Turns out, it makes an awfully cool poster.


Watch a ?Lost Interview? With Michel Foucault: Missing for 30 Years But Now Recovered

Open Culture by Josh Jones

An introductory shot that might be an outtake from A Clockwork Orange opens this interview with Michel Foucault, ?lost,? we?re told byCritical Theory, ?for nearly 30 years? before it appeared on Youtube last week. In it, Foucault discusses madness and his interest in psychology and psychopathology, repeating in brief the argument he made in Madness and Civilization, his 1961 work in which?through impressive feats of archival research and leaps of the imagination?Foucault attempted, as he wrote in his preface, ?to return, in history, to that zero point in the course of madness at which madness is an undifferentiated experience, a not yet divided experience of division itself.?


Universities must resist the military industrial complex

open Democracy News Analysis – by David McCoy

Health professionals call upon British universities to take an ethical approach to research funding.


200 Free Documentaries: A Super Rich List of Finely-Crafted Documentaries on the Web

I?ve often called documentary my favorite kind of film, knowing full well that the label designates less a defined genre than a usefully malleable description. What does a documentary have? An unscripted, nonfictional story; interviews; footage candidly shot ? maybe. It may also include scripted, staged, fictional material, and may treat real events in a fictionalized manner or search for the reality in events clouded by fiction. For fine examples of the last, see the works of Errol Morris, four of which

The sharing economy: a short introduction to its political evolution

Can the sharing economy movement address the root causes of the world?s converging crises? Not unless sharing is promoted in relation to human rights, democracy and social justice. This is the sixth article in our series on the role of money in the transformation of society.

Remembering Alain Resnais


A few years ago, as I was collaborating on the Criterion release of Last Year at Marienbad,I had the chance to meet Alain Resnais. We had released Hiroshima mon amour and Night and Fog a few years earlier, and the director had not been available to participate in either edition.As we had learned early on that Resnais didn?t grant video interviews, we decided to ask him to do a commentary or an audio interview for Marienbad. I pestered all of my

French director Alain Resnais dies

French director Alain Resnais, whose films spanned French New Wave, surrealism, and British playwrights, has died at the age 91.,

Watch Alain Resnais? Short, Evocative Film Toute la mémoire du monde (1956)

French New Wave filmmaker Alain Resnais, who died at the age of 91 last week, changed cinema forever with a string of intellectually rigorous, nonlinear masterpieces like Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959) and Last Year at Marienbad (1961). Both films are about Resnais?s two obsessions ? time and memory. Hiroshima is about a doomed relationship between a French actress and a Japanese architect who are both haunted by the war. Marienbad is an enigmatic puzzle of a movie that sharply divided audiences ? either you were mesmerized by the movie or you were bored and infuriated by it. For better or worse, Marienbad influenced generations of fashion photographers; Calvin Klein?sObsession ads were directly influenced by the film.

“Religion in Digital Games”: Relaunch of Open Access journal “Online”

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“Second Life is their only chance to participate in religious rituals”: This seven year old post about the research by anthropologist Tom Boellstorff on the virtual world Second Life came into my mind when I heard about the new special issue “Religion in Digital Games” of the interdisciplinary Open access journal “Online. Heidelberg Journal of Religions on the Internet”.

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